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In September 2000, the world seemed very different. We were trying to articulate the new security order in the decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some of it is committed by nonstate actors, and some of it by state actors; but all of it is committed in the context of division and conflict defined by differences of religious faith.The extremists propagating this violence have networks of outreach to young people and know the power of education, whether formal or informal.There is real fear in the communities plagued by such extremism, fear that paralyzes normal life and pushes people away from each other.There are extremist acts perpetrated against Muslims because of their religion, and today there are fanatical Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists who disfigure the true nature of their faith.That is why education in the 21st century is a security issue for all of us. Through facilitated videoconferences, students discuss global issues from a variety of faith and belief perspectives.I have been privileged to witness these students becoming at ease with the cultures, faiths, and beliefs that inspire so many around the world.There is a real danger that religious conflict replaces the ideologically based struggles of the last century in an equally devastating form.
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